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Madison Reed Hair Color Review

As a hairstylist, I love hair color. It’s my favorite service to do on my clients. You can get creative, use your imagination, and try new trends. However, I’m not a fan of all the not so great ingredients that comes with achieving that perfect color. To be honest, I didn’t know there were hair color companies out there that used better ingredients until I went to our last hair show in Columbus. It really opened up my eyes to using better hair color and got me wanting to know more.

Who would have thought, you don’t need ammonia to process hair color.  It can be free of phthalates and parabens. I was already making sure that all of my hair products and shampoos were like this, so why not hair color?

I reached out to a hair color company that met all the criteria I was looking for. This was Madison Reed! This company isn’t just for professionals either. Anyone can go to the website, answer questions about how their hair now and what the desired result is and they will give you their color suggestion. Easy peasy and that’s just what I did!  They matched me at a Level 4 NMG (dark mahogany with hints of gold). I like dark rich colors, so this is what I ordered!

It came with everything I needed. Color, developer, gloves, cleansing wipes, shampoo, conditioner and even a barrier cream (which I didn’t use, I like to live on the wild side).

As you can see, my hair was well over due for some color! The last thing I want to do after a full day in the salon is to sit down and have someone color my hair. Definitely, do as I say and not as I do situation.

 

I do have some blondish chunks through the front of my hair which I am keeping. If I can find a “healthier” lightener, I’ll use that, but until then I have to use what I got.

First, mix the two bottles together! 

GOOD JOB!

Now, apply the color to your roots!

Smush it through the ends!

Use a wipe and clean up any color left on the skin!

Time to process!

I processed mine for 30 mins and then jumped in the shower. The shampoo and conditioner helped get out all the leftover color from rinsing and left my hair super soft! The color is gorgeous!! I don’t ever want it to fade! Look at how pretty!!

Love it right? I do! I highly recommend Madison Reed! You get beautiful color without all the harmful ingredients. Non-damaging and so easy to apply yourself. Not that I want to put myself out of business at the salon, but this is an easy way to get professional hair color right at home!

 



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Ecocentric Mom Box Unboxing and Review

As a mom, you gotta love mom subscription boxes! It’s so awesome. Every month you get a present in the mail, that is just for you! You don’t even have to share it if you don’t want to! I love it. This box is from Ecocentric Mom, it offers all-natural and/or organic products. You can get either the mom, pregnancy or mom and baby box.

My Ecocentric Mom Box was the mom box and it came with a lot of stuff in it! Check this out!

First, it comes all wrapped up in pretty pink paper.

With a paper that has all the contents and prices of each item! As you can see the $24 box is stuffed with items well over that amount.

There were two items from Live Inspired Organics. A Strawberry Sugar Scrub, that smells and feels absolutely amazing…

and a sample bag of tea. I am a huge tea drinker. This made the perfect cup of tea. Great to drink before bed and just relax! Go Ohio!

Common Sense Naturals included a spray hand sanitizer. It smelled wonderful and the convenience of being able to clip this onto a diaper bag or my purse was great!

Simply Earth Roll-On Relief in a Happy Joy scent. This stuff is pretty great. It is very uplifting and does help reduce stress and tension!

A gift card for handbags from Ivory Clasp. I have yet to use this gift card, but I did look over the website. They will match your style and make suggestions. This is another subscription service companies.

A sample size of Maty’s Cough Syrup.

A really cute magnetic picture hanging craft. We are currently redoing our homeschool room and I think this will be a cute addition to add to my daughters’ desks!

Hunkola!! I was pretty excited about this. I LOVE food, especially snacking type of food. This made the whole box worth it! haha.

Overall this was a pretty awesome box. Great quality products, no gimmicks. I was really impressed. Plus, it was nice to get a “gift” just for me!

When it was shipped it came really quick. The website is very user-friendly and you can pick how you would like your subscription to be set up. The more months you do the cheaper your box becomes! I highly suggest checking out Ecocentric Mom! Trust me, you’ll love it!

Check out my unboxing below!

 

 

 

GET $10 off the Pregnancy box by using the code MUSTHAVE

Ecocentric Mom Offer



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Graze Box Unboxing and Review

Graze Box

I was so excited to get my Graze Box in the mail! Like you’ll see in my unboxing video, sometimes running out the door and remembering snacks, sippy cups and toys to keep my kids occupied while we’re out in public can get difficult. My mind is all over the place with getting everything I need for them, I usually forget the snacks.

After seeing Graze Box, I knew this was going to solve the issue. My girls won’t have to eat stale snacks in a baggie from weeks ago at the bottom of the diaper bag anymore! They can have a different snack every time and it will stay fresh!

I loved the look of this box. Not only was it pretty, but it’s biodegradable, 100% recyclable and made with wood from a sustainable forest! All pluses in my book!

In a full-size box, you get 8 snacks. These are the ones I received!

I know I mentioned it in my video, but I LOVE BANANA! So, I was so excited about the banana shortbread with caramel sauce.

It was so good!

My daughter was right over my shoulder when I started going through the box to try things. She couldn’t wait to get something. She tried the “Stars and Stripes”.

After she took one bite, she grabbed a blanket, curled up on the couch and these were gone in no time! I think it was safe to assume this was going to be a winner.

My husband tried the “Soy Roasted Seeds”. He was pretty impressed. The packaging is great, tasted good and how convenient they are going to be to have, you can’t go wrong!

The ingredients are great quality and for $14, it’s well worth it!

They have a great deal going on right now. You can get your 1st and 5th box FREE, just by using the promo code LIZM1D4DB at Graze.com 

If you’d like to see more about Graze box and my unboxing, check out my video below!

Have you tried Graze Box before? Share your comments down below!



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Veeda Tampon/Pad Review

I really wanted to try Veeda products after I read about their story on how they started.. Surprisingly, it was started by two men! I thought that was pretty interesting! They found the importance of women using natural menstrual products and how it wasn’t always easy to find! The risk factors of using conventional menstrual products were high and they were determined to fix that issue. They even wanted to save the environment!  All a plus in my book!

They offer feminine wipes and various types of tampons, pads, and liners. I got the opportunity to try tampons, thin pad and liners.

First, let’s talk tampons…

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The positives…  It’s natural cotton.. No chemicals or dyes and no chlorine!! It’s comfortable and absorbent! It’s compact and fits well in a purse or jeans pocket. I didn’t have any issues with leaking or wearing for an extended amount of time. The tampon itself is biodegradable..HUGE PLUS! However, my one negative or con.. It’s a plastic applicator! 🙁 I understand that is how the majority of compact tampons are made, but I personally prefer a cardboard applicator. One cardboard with break down and not cause any waste, and there is no worry of inserting plastic into your body…  That’s just my personal preference and it did not effect the overall performance of the tampon. 🙂

Secondly…. The Liner!

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I really liked the liners! They are thin, but they don’t bunch! That’s one the worst things I hate about liners! I wear them for an hour and I can either feel them shifting or bunching in the middle. That wasn’t the case. Not sure if this was because of the adhesive or the cotton that they use where they didn’t shift. Either way, I was happy! I wore a liner when I first tried the tampons. Not saying I didn’t trust the tampons, I’ve just experienced leaks before and I wanted to avoid the mishap from happening again!

They are hypoallergenic and biodegradable! They are made from all natural cotton with no chemicals or dyes. No fragrances or perfumes. I will be purchasing these again!

Last, but not least….Ultra Thin Pads!

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I usually like to wear pads to bed. I used to be totally against this because I would worry about leaking. I was noticing though, I’d get cramps a lot in my sleep. I had read some forums and someone suggested to only using pads to your body can freely bleed and there isn’t any pressure being applied to the cervix while sleeping. I am not sure if this is true or not, but I did notice a difference! I am picky though when it comes to pads while I sleep, because I don’t want to ruin any sheets. They have to be absorbent and dependable that they will not shift while I toss and turn. Veeda met both of those!

Also, being hypoallergenic and made of all natural cotton is always a plus. It’s thin and doesn’t bunch or make you feel like your wearing a diaper! No chemicals or fragrances… I like it! This is a great natural alternative for pads! Highly suggested!!

 

Overall, Veeda is a great brand and I will be purchasing more of their pads, liners and I’m excited to see what their feminine wipes are like! If you’d like to see what Veeda offers, make sure you check out their website! They have a store locator on their site that will make finding Veeda easier! You can also find them over on Facebook!

 

Have you tried any products from Veeda? If you have, please share your thoughts down in the comments!



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NaturOli Review + Coupon Code

I’m so excited to be able to write this review. Even though its funny that I’m excited over laundry detergent, shampoo, and soap, but the mom in me is one happy camper. Finding products that are truly safe to use around children can be hard. Some claim to be safe, but once you get down to the nitty gritty in the ingredients, some can be debatable.

I bring you…  NaturOli..

I was happy when I came across their website. They have a lot of great options. The products I tried were Soap Nuts, Liquid Laundry Detergent, Pretreat Laundry Stick, Shampoo Bar, Liquid Shampoo and a Cleansing Bar.

The ingredients in all the products are pure and natural. It was nice to be able to pronounce every ingredient and even know what it was! NaturOli are all about preserving the environment. The use all recyclable and biodegradable packaging and they take all the steps necessary to ensure and promote eco-friendly practices.

Speaking of the environment, I want to start with one of the products I was on the edge about first. I really wanted to like it because here in America alone, we dump thousands of gallons of shampoo down the drain daily just from rinsing it out of our hair in the shower. Shampoo contains chemical after chemical and our water treatment plants aren’t  designed to eliminate these chemicals, so all of these harmful chemicals make it back into our water supply. Scary….   So having safe alternatives, I love..

This product was NaturOli’s Secret Shampoo Bar.

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As a hairstylist, I was stoked. I wanted to like it, because it would give me another option to use in the salon. However, my experience was a little different.

I got in the shower and had the bar in my hand. I tried rubbing it in my hands and then into my hair… that didn’t work well for me. I found it worked best if I just rubbed the bar directly onto my head. It was so smooth.  It wasn’t extremely foamy, which is a positive thing. Plus, you can really tell where your missing to wash. It felt very conditioning, probably because it has coconut oil and olive oil. I didn’t feel like I needed to condition, but out of habit, I used just a little..  this was a mistake!

I had to wash my hair again the next morning. It felt greasy, like I didn’t get out all the conditioner. So, I rewashed with the shampoo bar and then blow dried. Once again, I wasn’t excited. My hair looked frizzy..but I wanted to give it the benefit of the doubt. I’m so glad I did. As the day went on, the better my hair looked. I had volume like WOAH!

 20160726_124812Last night, after my husbands shower, he mentioned he used the shampoo bar on his beard. He said he was pleased because the little bubbles it creates really gets in and cleans! I wouldn’t of even thought about using it for facial hair but it makes sense and could eliminate beard oils!

I read on their site that it takes a few washes to really get used to it, because it takes a little bit of time to eliminate all the stuff that’s in our hair that shouldn’t be there. Which explains why my hair felt the way it did. They are right though, the more I have used it, the better my hair looks and feels and it hasn’t faded my color one bit!

I used the liquid Nut Shampoo on my daughters hair. Her hair does tangle very easily, but I do feel as if I was able to brush through her hair easier! This was a win win for us. No tears and a happy child!


The other bar I tried was the Cleansing Bar. Using the “soap” from the soap nuts with beneficial oils really makes this cleansing bar great! It left my skin feeling soft and clean. The soap it creates is very creamy feeling and I knew it would be hydrating, which my skin always needs. I am a sufferer of psoriasis and my skin can freak out with certain products. With the cleansing bar, it was calming and actually helped with the redness!

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Next, the Pretreat Stain Stick. With having 2 younger kids, comes with a ton of stained clothes. Every meal, every step outside, will lead to a stain. One of my kids favorites though to make would be a fruit stain. Blueberries, blackberries and strawberries are the most popular. Plus, the hardest to get out. So I wanted to try this stain stick on a fruit stain. I didn’t have to wait long for a stain to happen. This is a strawberry stain. It happened at a birthday party and it dried and sat for a good 5+ hours before it was even touched with the pretreat. I followed the directions and wet the stick and rubbed it on the stain. Waited 5 mins and threw it in the wash. I was shocked when it came out. Most of the fruit stains don’t come out on the first wash, but this one did! I was ecstatic. Check it out!

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I loved the Extreme 18X concentrated liquid detergent. It is a very concentrated soap berry detergent that is gluten, corn and soy free. No sulfates, parabens, phthalates, phosphates, petro-chemicals, dyes or chemical brighteners. 100% fragrance free and great for sensitives skin and noses!

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I was surprised when I read that you could use it for more than just detergent! You can mix it to make household cleaners, carpet cleaner, dish soap and even to wash your fruits and veggies! How many laundry detergents can you do that with?

100% Non Toxic!!  I love it!


When making the concentrated liquid detergent, they use Soap Nuts/Berries.

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Which you can actually make your own liquid detergent and I’ll show you how in another post, but it is all based on a small nut! I am a huge fan of soap nuts. They are my all time favorite for laundry soap.I am very pleased with NaturOli’s soap nuts. The quality is great and they clean really well.

You only need about 5 or 6 nuts and you throw them into a muslin bag and toss it into the wash. It stays in there the whole cycle until the load is done. Like I mentioned before, with all the stains my house sees. The soap nuts do the trick!

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You’ll want to find your nuts after every wash though. They can easily get lost in the clothes.

They don’t have a scent, which is okay! I usually add a drop of essential oil into the wash just to give a good smell naturally!

I also noticed with most soap nuts, you get a longer life from your nuts if you use cold water. Not as much soap is released with cold, but it still cleans well.

Overall the soap nuts are probably my favorite NaturOli product. I can do so much with it. Make cleaners, laundry soap, veggie cleaner and other household uses. Plus, when I’m done with it, I can put them in my compost to help add nutrients to the soil and plants! Very cool!

If you would like to get all of the products I mention, I have a special for you!

NaturOli has a great set with all of these included HERE!

AND you can get an additional 10% OFF by using the code:   ohmyorganics16

 

I hope you guys take the time and check out NaturOli. I promise if you’re like me and love non toxic ways of living…. this is for you!

 



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Emily’s Handmade Soaps Review

I’ve always been one to support small businesses, especially ones that make crafts and products. I appreciate the time and effort they put into each thing that they create. I love to go to craft shows and one of my favorites stops are the handmade soap tables. I’ve tried some that I was not a fan of, so I was intrigued when I made a connection with Emily. Her soaps were gorgeous and I was excited to try it!

Emily‘s Handmade Soaps are handmade in small batches by Emily Davis, a longtime resident of Des Moines, WA. They use vegan-focused ingredients and include combinations of oils, butters, earth clays, and other botanical ingredients to enhance your daily bathing ritual. While the purpose of soap is to clean you, Emily‘s Handmade Soaps endeavors to make nature-inspired soaps that are lovely to look at, sensational to smell, and add a little luxury to your daily routine.

My favorite thing about Emily’s Handmade Soaps, is that she takes pride in the ingredients that she uses and carefully labels everything so you know exactly what you are getting. Plus, it helps when you can pronounce everything on the label.

When my mailman dropped off my package he said, “something smells good in there.”  He was right too. I didn’t even have to open my package to know what was inside. When I opened it, it smelled so good! I could almost tell the kinds of “flavors” or “types” they were, without looking at the label. What I love is that they aren’t made with harmful fragrances, so even though they smelled so strong, it wasn’t overwhelming. Once I got rid of synthetic fragrances in the things I used in my home, I became more sensitive to smell, I get headaches easily when things are artificially fragrant. Emily’s soaps were different. They were wonderful!

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The soaps are beautifully made. They lather well and really conditioned my hands and left them extremely smooth. Next, I’ll be using this as body soap!  I have pretty sensitive skin due to psoriasis. Emily’s soaps gave me no problems at all.

I really can’t get over how pretty they are.. Emily definitely uses her own creative ways to keep things as natural as possible.

 • Natural colorants (i.e. indigo, cocoa powder, and clays)
• Essential oils and high-quality, phthalate-free fragrances
• Alternative liquids (i.e. aloe juice, coconut milk, & almond milk)
• Botanical additives (i.e. oatmeal, raspberry seeds & coffee grounds)

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I highly suggest Emily’s Handmade Soaps.. You can read more about Emily and her soaps here

http://www.emilyshandmadesoaps.com/our-story Then don’t forget to order!!

You can also check out Emily and her Handmade Soap over at her blog!

 www.emilyshandmadesoaps.blogspot.com



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